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Royals third baseman's 46 degree jack sparks 7-run 2nd frame
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KANSAS CITY -- Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas wasted no time in getting the Royals going in Wednesday night's 11-8 win in the rubber game against the Twins at Kauffman Stadium.

First, Moustakas hit a sinking liner to left in the first inning off Twins rookie Fernando Romero that was mishandled by left fielder Eddie Rosario but ruled a two-run double.

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KANSAS CITY -- Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas wasted no time in getting the Royals going in Wednesday night's 11-8 win in the rubber game against the Twins at Kauffman Stadium.

First, Moustakas hit a sinking liner to left in the first inning off Twins rookie Fernando Romero that was mishandled by left fielder Eddie Rosario but ruled a two-run double.

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Video: MIN@KC: Moustakas plates 2 with a double to left

Then, Moustakas hit a moon shot in the second inning toward the right-field corner. When the ball finally came back down, it just sneaked inside the foul pole and into the seats, a two-run homer, his 12th. That gave the Royals a 5-0 lead en route to a seven-run second frame.

The home run traveled only a projected 339 feet, according Statcast™. It had a 46-degree launch angle, the highest of any home run hit in MLB this season.

"I knew I hit it good," Moustakas said. "I knew I stayed inside of it, but it was really high and I didn't know if it had the distance.

"I knew about the launch angle from [the postgame show on FOX Sports Kansas City]."

That launch angle was the highest for any Royals hitter since Salvador Perez, who also had a 46-degree launch-angle homer in 2015.

Later in the inning, Jorge Soler drilled what first was ruled a two-run home run to left-center field. But after a crew-chief review, it was determined the ball hit the corner of the padding on top of the wall and bounced back and was therefore ruled an RBI double.

Video: Soler doubles after review

No matter. Alex Gordon singled in Soler to make it 7-0. Ryan Goins capped off the seven-run inning with a two-run triple to make it 9-0.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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